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Graduate Student Research

The Benefits of Research Grants

Money to fund and finish your degree is only one reason to apply for a research grant. The money you receive can help you take your work to a new level by providing you with access to rare materials and expensive equipment. For example, traveling research grants can support the cost of transportation to research sites all over the world. Or if you need access to materials or equipment at a laboratory or special collections library, institutional grants can cover the costs of visiting and using these research facilities. There are also grants to help cover the costs of materials for a particular project.

Don’t forget the long-term benefits: the ability to make a case for your work, and convince others to support it, is a useful skill wherever you go. Having grant credits on your resume or curriculum vitae says a lot to future employers, hiring committees and even future research funders.

When looking for grants, remember to think big. Maximize your grant possibilities by recognizing the “crossover possibilities” of your project. Maybe you’re working in English, but your project has a historical bent. Or your project in communications has applications for women’s studies. Be aware of all of the potential classifications of your research topic as you look for grants. Also, don’t neglect new grant offerings: newer and smaller awards attract fewer applicants, improving your chances of getting noticed. Like an investment in an up-and-coming company, the “prestige” value of a new grant will increase over time as awareness of the award grows.

Please visit the College of Graduate Studies for more information on graduate programs at Georgia Southern University.

Finding Grant Opportunities

Research Services provides a wide variety of tools and resources to help Georgia Southern University’s research community find the right funding source for research, creative and other scholarly activities.

To begin your funding opportunity search, Research Services recommends Grant Forward.

Grant Forward can be accessed directly from a campus computer or from an off-campus computer by first setting up an account. Users who create an account using their Georgia Southern email account have the ability to browse grant opportunities from home without having to log-in to the GS account.

Learn how to search for grants at GrantForward, finding opportunities for  your research, using the keyword search, the many available filters, and setting your saved searches/alerts using the Grant Forward Tutorial for Researchers.

Grant Forward features enhanced search and user account interfaces, provides a FAQ for new users, and transition guide for former IRIS users to help answer questions about the service.

Use the Library

You may also find assistance at your library reference desk: ask for assistance in seeking grants and fellowships. They can provide all the basics: who is eligible, the amount of the award, whether travel is necessary and contact information. You should also check online searches to find up-to-date listings of grants available in all areas of study.

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):

Last updated: 7/28/2020